Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sermon Notes: Scary Prayers 2 of 4 "Mold Me"

Jeremiah 18 New Living Translation Link (Focus on verses 1-12)

Context: The Israelites are and continue to be rebellious toward God. God's chosen people are guilty of idolatry, even though they know that their God is jealous. God decides to use Jeremiah as his messenger, so he helps him understand the scenario by sending him to the potter's house.

Introduction: When we pray this scary prayer, for God to mold me, we're admitting that we need God's hand to make us, his heart for when we get marred, and God's help to be mended and made whole.

Transition: Since we're all made of the same clay, I don't want you to think that there's nothing good about you. Reference 2nd Corinthians 4:7 "We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves."

Exposition: Mold Me Lord... This plea is what says God have your way with us; it's an acknowledgement that we need God!

1. We need God's hand (verses 3-4)
-God knows what he's doing! 

2. We need God's heart (verse 12)
-Humanity acts as if we're the model, when we're really just marred.

3. We need God's help (verses 7-8)
-There's a divine safety net for those who stubbornly fought the wheel-work, but then repents.

*Next Steps...

-Answer this question honestly for yourselves:   is it important to you, to become who God wants you to be?

-Identify a time in your life when you thought you were in God's will, then suddenly everything changed. Could it have been God crushing you because you hadn't turned out as he hoped you would? 

-Don't miss next Sunday! We'll be in part 3    "Fill Me" (Colossians 1:9-12).

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sermon Notes: Scary Prayers 1 of 4 "Search Me"

Context: King David prayed this prayer centuries ago after his enemies were on the attack and accusing David of having wrong motives. Instead of just defending himself to everyone else, he saw this time in his life as a cue to pray this scary prayer before God, and ask God to search his heart.

Introduction: This is a prayer of invitation, for evaluation and hopefully purification. It's a scary prayer because it humbles us and exposes our sin and shame.

Transition: Before we can ask God to mold us, fill us or even send us, we must begin with an honest assessment of who we are and what God wants from our lives.

Exposition: Search Me Lord... A plea that makes at least four requests, from verses 23-24                  
Search me, O God, and know my hearttest me and know my anxious thoughtsPoint out anything in me that offends youand lead me along the path of everlasting life.

1. Show me what you see
Reference Psalm 139:1 "O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me." -This is permission for God to search, as much as it's a request to tell us what God has already found.

2. Reveal my fears
-Why does this matter? Because what you fear the most uncovers where we trust God the least.

3. Reveal my sinful ways
-Craig Groeschel makes this easy for us identify sin we often ignore: Ask yourself... What are those you trust trying to tell you? What do I rationalize and excuse about myself? Where am I most defensive?

4. Take the lead in my life
-Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."

*Next Steps...
-Read and meditate on Psalm 139 this week. Find yourself in the passage as you read. Make the time to give yourself to feeling how David felt.

-Pray daily for God to search you, and don't be afraid of the evaluation. Remember, this isn't God setting you up to fail. This is about you growing closer to God; living in an honest and spiritually healthy way.

-Check your motives before you act, and things go wrong. Your actions should reflect the Jesus we claim is living in us.

-Be in worship next week, when we continue this series with Mold Me (Jeremiah 18:1-12). 
*Thanks to David Hillis for the series development*

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New Series Alert!!!

This Sunday (April 8th) we'll begin studying how to pray in a way, that gives praise to God through our spiritual progress. If you're serious about moving beyond a cute Christianity, into a deeper relationship with the God of your salvation, then set your Sunday alarm now! Join us at 10:45 a.m. for the most honest and helpful faith community in Middle Georgia!

Time... 10:45 a.m.
Location... Grace Corner Church
                    5511 Bloomfield Rd.
There's "No Judgment, Just Jesus" and You'll be glad you came!